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Monday, May 23, 2011

The doctor is in your home: A medical clinic in public housing

Thomas Rhoe and his neighbors used to get an ambulance trip to the Emergency Room for common urgent medical problems, even for colds. Now he'll be able to take the elevator downstairs to an in-house clinic for treatment when needed.

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner of the Institute for Urban Health at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey had looked at the reasons why so many of Northgate II's residents used Emergency Rooms and hospital care so much, costing $12 million dollars over the last six years. He learned that few of the senior and disabled residents had access to primary care. He founded the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which worked with Camden Churches Organized for People, whose interviews of 50 tenants revealed the residents' access and transportation problems. Their work resulted in a partnership with Reliance Medical Group, which plans to open the medical office in June. The office will have three exam rooms, and will be staffed by a nurse practitioner or doctor. Spanish-speaking staff will be available.

Read about other innovative healthcare practices in my book, Getting Your Best Health Care: Real-World Stories for Patient Empowerment.

Thanks to Claudia Vargas of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the CCOP News, the sources of this story.

1 comment:

Dial Doctors said...

This is a great measure! Bringing care to patients will lead to lower costs because transporting these patients alone is expensive.

Telemedicine is looking to do something similar. Patients can contact their doctors through videoconference, phone or email lowering hospital visits and follow up appointments.

Great ideas like these will provide care for more Americans